Miss Peggy Pledger

William Thomas has written to the Journal asking help in tracing the descendants of Miss Peggy Pledger whose portrait was painted around 1934 by Leonard Fuller, titled Young Dancer, to see if they are interested in acquiring this fine painting of a beautiful young woman which he has owned for many years. He understands that Peggy had a career as a dancer and there is a  record of a Margaret H Pledger, known as Peggy, as a wartime ENSA  artiste. She could be the same Margaret H Pledger who married Cyril F Taggart in 1946. So far, he has been unable to trace the couple or  their descendants. Leonard Fuller was born in Dulwich in 1891 and studied art before the  First World War. He spent that war in the Army but returned to  painting at the end of it. It is believed that in the 1930's he was an art  master at Dulwich College, retiring in 1938 when he moved to St Ives  and opened the St Ives School of Painting with his wife, Marjorie  Mostyn, who was also an artist. If the information about his association  with Dulwich College is correct, he would have painted the portrait during that  period. Because of the Dulwich connection William Thomas has focussed his enquiries in  this area and would be most grateful for any help that might be  provided.  He can be contacted by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and by telephone on 01752 518521.

Dulwich Volunteer Battalion Memorial

This memorial, in the grounds of St Peter’s Church, Dulwich Common was restored in 2008 with a Dulwich Community Council grant.  It has been rededicated by the Rev Maria Coulter, vicar of St Clement’s with St. Peter’s.

Dulwich in Bloom

Dulwich was awarded a Silver award in the Britain in Bloom competition.  It was also awarded a Silver- Gilt in the London in Bloom competition.   The category winner of the urban community class was Walthamstow Village.

Dulwich Rotary Club send more Shelter Boxes

Following a successful autumn fair in the St Barnabas Hall, Dulwich Village, the Dulwich Rotary Club raised enough money to send two shelter boxes to the victims of the earthquakes in Sumatra and Western Samoa in October.  The boxes were sent immediately to those in the affected areas and brings to six the number of shelter boxes the club has sent worldwide.  The shelter boxes contain equipment to accommodate 10 persons in a tent with blankets, ground-sheets, stoves, cooking utensils and water purification containers and equipment.

Premises urgently needed

The Dulwich Players are in urgent need of new storage premises, either separate or combined, for their collection of costumes and scenery. The storage space for costume needs to be dry and at least 100 square feet. Storage for scenery needs to be at ground level with easy access and ideally space outside for painting. A garage or similar would be suitable but any suggestions will be gratefully received. They would be able to pay a modest annual rent. Without these resources many of their productions would not be financially viable so they want to keep hold of them if at all possible. ?If you have, or know of, anywhere that might possibly be suitable please contact: Jane Jones (Secretary) Tel: 07951688321 or Wilf Taylor Tel: 020 8670 0890.

Anne Shelton Tribute DVD

In July, a tribute show for Anne Shelton was staged in aid of the Not Forgotten Association.  It coincided with the 15th anniversary of her death. A Southwark Blue Heritage plaque was unveiled at Anne’s former home in Court Lane last year.  The show featured the orchestra of The New Squadronaires and the cast included the opera singer Teresa Cahill and took the theme of the 1940’s and images and film clips of Anne appeared on a large screen.  A commemorative DVD of the show was made and a percentage of the sale is being donated to the Not Forgotten Association to which Anne gave a great support. The DVD costs £10.99 and is available from Anne’s niece, Kelly Richards, PO Box 160, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 4YF

Victorian Letterbox

This is a (sad) photo of one of the oldest letterboxes in Dulwich, showing the cypher of Queen Victoria.  College Gardens was once a Victorian development of 4 imposing blocks of houses standing on land just south of the Picture Gallery and set back from College Road.  There were long gardens and one or two of the original trees still stand in the modern 1970’s development.

The Post Office has just commemorated the 200 years of public letter boxes with an issue of stamps showing four of the 300 varying designs used over the years, but each carrying the cipher of the reigning monarch.  The rarest of the current 114,000 letter boxes are those which date from the brief reign of Edward Vlll and the most numerous those showing the current very long reign of Elizabeth II.

It also happens that it is the 400th anniversary of a royal proclamation that outlawed unofficial postal services –an early attempt top establish a state controlled monopoly.

At the moment it seems uncertain what is going to happen to out universal delivery service.  Will we lose our familiar red boxes too – even if the College Gardens one is unable to accept an A4 envelope?

(Royal Mail has been asked to replace the traditional white enamel plate)

Jill Manual

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